Children’s bodies rely on a steady intake of vitamins and minerals for normal growth and development. A child who is well-nourished with the optimal intake of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients has the best advantage for leading a healthy and happy life into adulthood. Continuing research into children’s nutrition has identified four key nutrients that go beyond the basic vitamins and minerals in supporting brain development and a healthy immune system. Phosphatidylserine (PS), a relative to lecithin, supports brain health at a cellular level. PS stimulates the brain to produce dopamine, which is proven to be an effective therapeutic agent for clinical depression, ADD and ADHD. Both eggs and soybeans are rich sources of PS.
Phosphatidylcholine (PC), the technical term for lecithin, protects cell membranes from free-radical damage in the blood, blood vessels, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas, brain, muscles and more. Soybeans, egg yolks, whole grains, fish, and brewer’s yeast all contain PC.
Grape Seed. Researchers are now discovering that many of the health properties of grapes may actually come from the seeds themselves. Among other beneficial effects, the active compounds in grape seed are believed to have antioxidant properties, protecting against blood sugar regulation problems, heart disease and cancer.
Omega 3. Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and skin disorders. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is also proven to improve the behavior and performance of children with ADHD. Fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, along with other marine life, such as algae and krill, and nut oils all contain omega-3 fatty acids.
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